[ UK /pˈɔ‍ɪnjənt/ ]
[ US /ˈpɔɪnjənt/ ]
  1. keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
    poignant anxiety
  2. arousing affect
    his gratitude was simple and touching
    the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene
    poignant grief cannot endure forever
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How To Use poignant In A Sentence

  • Demos they may be but these Hazlewood rarities are rounded, rustic country songs: lustrous and lustful, quirkily and dryly humorous, yet poignant stories from the other side of love.
  • The truly poignant moments were those that followed. Times, Sunday Times
  • Poignantly stated and played, the two guitarists spread out and cover the space.
  • The film is not attempting poignant comments on reality - it aims at grace and good humour.
  • I only played three carefully considered notes with intuitive regard to choice of rhythm, tempo, dynamics - using a poignant interval, the minor sixth resolving to the perfect fifth.
  • Her tragic death, poignantly captured on grainy mobile telephone footage, has flashed around the world. Times, Sunday Times
  • Jewish life is poignantly described in Wiesel's journal, "The Jews of Silence".
  • It is especially poignant that he died on the day before the wedding.
  • The poignant note lay in a bed of roses on an ivory white casket that featured two joker playing cards. The Sun
  • There seems something so poignant about it all. Times, Sunday Times
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